11th May, 2012
The Governor of Taraba Sate, Mr. Danbaba Danfulani Suntai has turned the state government house to a mini helipad where helicopters now fly out and land at intervals.
P.M.NEWS reports that Suntai, who is in love with flying aircraft within and outside the state since his assumption of office as governor in 2007, allegedly hired a helicopter from one of the aircraft operators in Abuja on 20 April to convey him to grace this year’s edition of Nwoyo fishing festival which took place at Ibi Local Government area of the state on 21 to 23 April.
P.M.NEWS learnt that the governor, who had already purchased two smaller aircraft for the state and graduated from Aviation College Zaria, allegedly retained the helicopter since 20 April and engaged the pilot of the hired chopper to coach him how to fly.
Since 22 April, the pilot of the hired chopper and Governor Suntai have continued to fly out and land directly within the premises of the governor’s official residence on coaching expedition.
It was gathered that on 28 April, the governor ordered for the delivery of a brand new helicopter which he allegedly purchased for over N1 billion for his personal use.
Both the two helicopters fly in and out of government house at every hour thereby turning the seat of government to a mini helipad.
According to sources, the governor pays N5 million daily on the hired helicopter.
Meanwhile, residents around the Government House in Jalingo are currently living under perpetual fear because of the manner the two helicopers fly in and out of government house at regular intervals.
Some of the residents told P.M.NEWS that they were already contemplating evacuating their families away from Government House area should the situation persist.
P.M.NEWS reports that the helicopters have become the delight of children in Jalingo who troop out to shout “Danbaba Danbaba” whenever they hear the sound of the flying chopper.
Sources disclosed that the governor allegedly purchased the helicoper to avoid travelling on road to his village, Suntai, for the fear of any possible attack by angry Tarabans who have continued to express their displeasure over the manner he was running the affairs of the state.
Contacted, the Chief of Staff to the governor, Mr. Davey Yaweh, denied that Governor Suntai was using the helicopter to avoid being attacked, saying that he uses them for easy transportation. Yaweh added that the governor resorted to the use of helicopter because of the state of insecurity in the country.